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Description 

Denver South refers to climbing south of the big smoke with the town of Castle Rock at its center. Castle Rock is a town of about 40,000 people, and it's approximately halfway between Denver and Colorado Springs. For many people Castle Rock is an Outlet shopping center, but for climbers and boulderer's, it is the town closes to Castlewood Canyon and Castlewood Ranch boulders.

At 6128 feet, Castle Rock area can be cold in winter and warm during the summer. However, it is rare day when it is too cold to climb Castlewood Canyon as many of the rocks and boulders are in small gorges and forge sun traps, so as long as it is south-facing, it can be toasty on the coolest of winter days.

Getting There 

The epicenter of Denver South is Castle Rock which straddles I-25 approximately halfway between Denver and Colorado Springs on I-25. If you miss it, you're off to a bad start!

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Weather station 0.6 miles from here

421 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',15],['3 Stars',73],['2 Stars',196],['1 Star',116],['Bomb',3]
['<=5.6',26],['5.7',16],['5.8',28],['5.9',41],['5.10',93],['5.11',72],['5.12',34],['5.13',2],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',24],['V2-3',14],['V4-5',25],['V6-7',18],['V8-9',5],['V10-11',1],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Denver South

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Denver South:
Rocket Ship   V1+ 5     Boulder   Fountainbleau area : Fountain Lip Boulder
Fountain Lip Traverse   V3+ 6A+     Boulder, 20'   Fountainbleau area : Fountain Lip Boulder
Nine Lives Arete   V4 6B     Boulder   Central City area : Nine Lives Boulder
Cave Direct   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Fountainbleau area : Fountain Lip Boulder
Punani   V7 7A+     Boulder, 20'   Punani Area/North Canyon : Punani Boulder
Tiger Woods   V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   Inner Canyon area : Tim's Boulder aka Powerline...
Little Devil   V12+ 8A+ X     TR, Boulder   Bouldering problems : Miscellaneous Castlewood Bo...
Rat's Nest   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : The Grocery Store Walls
Hot Fudge   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Castlewood Canyon SP : The Grocery Store Walls
Licorice Stick   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : The Grocery Store Walls
Bat Face   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : The Juggernaut Area
Beta Slave   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : C-Section
Bozo No No   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 45'   Castlewood Canyon SP : The Grocery Store Walls
Scandanavian Dreams   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : Vulture Walls
Subterfuge   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Castlewood Canyon SP : Sea World a.k.a. Hanson's W...
Pay Homage   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : Vulture Walls
Song of the Wood   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : Wendell Spire
The Sub   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : Wendell Spire
Rim Job   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : Falls Wall
The Black Streak   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Castlewood Canyon SP : Wendell Spire
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Rock Climbing Photo: First ascentionist Luc cranking the first crux of ...

Little Devil V12+ 8A+ Colorado : Denver South : ... : Miscellaneous Castlewood Bo...
This problem is on the Falls Trail near the waterfall on the west side of the creek. Approach from the car is 5 minutes or less.This strenuous problem begins with a sit down start. Sidepull your way up the pumpy and continuous arete on dicey feet until you can dyno for the lip. Once at the lip, the secondary crux is topping out on the exposed boulder.I thought about putting a bolt below the lip to protect the secondary crux, but decided against it...in its current state, Little Devil offers q...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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